Western Canada Explorer with Alaska Cruise


  • Canada

  • Steady pace

Tour : CJ91

Overview

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Stunning lakes, towering peaks, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling experiences describe this Canadian Rockies tour with an Alaska cruise. You’ll overnight aboard your Holland America cruise ship and in Vancouver, Penticton, British Columbia’s acclaimed vineyard and orchard region, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Whistler, and Victoria.

Tour highlights include a ride on the Ice Explorer on the 1000-foot Athabasca Glacier and a river safari on the Blue River, where you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. These exciting adventures, along with breakfast with the bears at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver and a and a salmon barbecue in Lillooet, are special experiences Globus includes to make your Canadian Rockies tour a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Other tour highlights include a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies; a trip to Moraine Lake, where 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the lake’s tranquil, turquoise waters; a walk in Maligne Canyon to see unique rock formations and waterfalls; and a visit to Emerald Lake, where you’ll witness turquoise-colored water and amazing scenery.

But that’s not all…watch for wildlife on your 7-night Alaska cruise as you marvel at glaciers and witness the tremendous slabs of ice break off into the sea. Explore the remote and rugged beauty of areas such as Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Ketchikan, and the amazing Inside Passage.

This is just a small sampling of the many experiences and stunning scenery included on this amazing Canadian Rockies tour with an Alaska cruise. Just be sure to bring your camera!

Highlights

Vancouver Sightseeing, Breakfast with the Bears

Penticton Sightseeing; visit Summerland Sweets and indulge in a sweet tasting

Kelowna Orientation tour

Banff National Park Sightseeing

Lake Louise Sightseeing including a visit to Moraine Lake, Natural Bridge, and Emerald Lake

Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

Jasper National Park Maligne Lake cruise and visit to Maligne Canyon

Blue River Scenic wildlife river safari

Lillooet Xwisten archaeological site with a salmon barbecue

Victoria Orientation tour; farewell dinner

Cruise 7-night cruise aboard Holland America's Ms Nieuw Amsterdam or MS Volendam

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 23 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 12 dinners

Vancouver

Day
1

Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Vancouver

Day
2

This morning, enjoy BREAKFAST WITH THE BEARS at Grouse Mountain to learn about grizzly bear habits and conservation. Next, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vancouver - Pentiction

Day
3

This morning, depart Vancouver and travel into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the undiscovered city of Penticton with its long stretches of sandy beaches, vineyards, and orchards. Arrive at your lakeside resort where your evening is free to explore this adventure Mecca.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Penticton. Excursion to Kelowna

Day
4

Today, drive along the shores of Okanagan Lake and learn of the region’s rich agricultural history with a special visit and treat at the historic family-owned SUMMERLAND SWEETS. Then, continue north to the resort community of Kelowna for an orientation tour and free time to explore at leisure. You may wish to take a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk, enjoy lunch at one of the many alfresco restaurants, or sample a glass of local wine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Penticton - Yoho National Park - Banff National Park

Day
5

Today, drive west and enjoy the panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Next travel through Yoho National Park and cross the Continental Divide into Alberta before descending Kicking Horse Pass into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Your home for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognised as the “Castle of the Rockies.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Banff National Park

Day
6

A full day at leisure to enjoy Banff. You may wish to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter sightseeing trip for dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff National Park

Day
7

Take advantage of an additional day to explore Banff. Your Tour Director recommends a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies or a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Take the opportunity to walk to Surprise Corner, for spectacular views of your majestic hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff National Park – Lake Louise

Day
8

This morning, travel to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Next, off to Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy views of the turquoise-coloured water and spectacular scenery. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location.

NOTE: The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Day
9

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 750-foot Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a 3-night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper National Park. Excursion to Maligne Lake

Day
10

This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, and learn the history of Spirit Island. Before returning to Jasper, a stop is made at MALIGNE CANYON, where a short walk reveals unique rock formations and waterfalls. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Why not explore one of the many hiking trails in Jasper National Park?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jasper National Park

Day
11

Enjoy a full free day to explore more of Jasper. You may want to join in on an exciting float trip down the Athabasca River, shop for a favourite souvenir, sample a world-famous scone from Bear’s Paw Bakery, or just kick back and relax at your resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper National Park - Blue River - Kamloops

Day
12

Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a RIVER SAFARI. As you travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. Make sure to have your camera handy! We finish the day in Kamloops.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Kamloops - Lillooet - Whistler

Day
13

Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the XWISTEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, which contains more than 80 identified pit houses—the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a SALMON BARBECUE along with traditional dishes, such as bannock (flatbread) and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Whistler – Victoria

Day
14

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British city of Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing including Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria

Day
15

Today, a free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. You may wish to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, or sample local ales at one of the city’s local craft brew pubs. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria - Vancouver

Day
16

This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria - Vancouver (Embarkation)

Day
17

This morning, transfer back to Vancouver, where you will transfer to the pier to embark on your Holland America cruise ship, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam (sailing on the May 9, and August 8 & 15 departures) or the MS Volendam (sailing on the May 20 & 27 and August 26 departures). 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Day
18

Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tracy Arm & Juneau

Day
19

This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rainforest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. Icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age—the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea.

Kittiwakes, mountain goats, and seals are a common sight. Whales and bears may even make an appearance in this magical place. Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Day
20

Once a major port for gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, today you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway up past Deadhorse Gulch to see what it was like ages ago. Step back in time as you stroll the wooden sidewalks of the town, preserved as a U.S. National Historic Park. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising:Glacier Bay National Park

Day
21

This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Day
22

Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Day
23

Take a second spin through Alaska’s Inside Passage to enjoy the spectacular contrast from wide bays of still waters and barrier islands to narrow waterways edged with towering forested cliffs. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Day
24

The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Please schedule flights after Noon. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

The Canadian Rockies are blessed with stunning scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Lines and are up to date at time of publising. Your Travel Documents will contain the most current information.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 8088 353 or speak to your travel agent.

Pre Tour

+8 days Alaska Cruise

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Vancouver (Embarkation)

Day
1

Embark your cruise ship for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

Day
2

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Day
3

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Day
4

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

Day
5

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Day
6

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Day
7

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Day
8

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 8088 353 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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